NC Events for Writers in Early 2019

Murder We Write typewriter image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.
Murder We Write typewriter image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.

Upcoming North Carolina conferences and special presentations for writers and those who want to be writers.


Johnston County Writers Conference

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 8:30am-3pm

The Johnston County Writers Group is holding its inaugural conference, with presenters from around the region. Registration opens on January 15, 2019.

The conference will be held at the Selma Woman’s Club, 203 W Oak Street, Selma, NC. For the cost of a box lunch, spend the day learning from writers and networking. For more information on the Johnston County Writers Conference 2019, call Cindy Brookshire at 919.202.5990 or send an email.

Conference details may be found at (via the Johnston County Arts Council website).

Johnston County Writers Conference 2019
Johnston County Writers Conference 2019

In addition to this Conference, the Johnston County Writers Group holds meetings on the second Thursday of every month. Upcoming meetings are:

  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 6:30-7:30pm
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 6:30-7:30pm

Monthly meetings are held at the Selma Public Library, 301 N Pollock Street, Selma, NC.


Murder We Write: Crime Scenes Presentation

Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 2-4pm

The Murder We Write writing meeting for February will include a unique presentation, “Dew Process: Crime Scene Reconstruction,” presented by expert Thomas Dew.

Thomas Dew will give us a behind-the-scenes perspective on murder cases he’s worked. As a Demonstrative Evidence Specialist, he uses raw photographs and other data gathered by investigators to generate 3D models of crime scenes. Clarity in the courtroom is the goal of his profession: to enable witnesses to more accurately convey, “I was standing here,” and to help jurors grasp difficult concepts such as ballistics so they can base their verdicts on comprehended fact, not on emotional response.

Speaking of which, this will be a candid presentation of actual murder cases. That said, this program will benefit any author, even those not (yet) writing courtroom dramas.

In addition to this presentation of real crime scenes, the Murder We Write group plans to meet at the High Point Public Library for:

  • Steps in Writing A Book (discussion) — Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 2-4pm
  • Show, Don’t Tell (presented by Susan Luck) — Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 2-4pm
  • Writing Humor (presented by Diane Kelly) — Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Murder We Write, the Triad Chapter of the International Sisters In Crime Writer’s group, welcomes all authors/beginners. This event will be held at the High Point Public Library, 901 North Main Street, High Point, NC. Visit


Alleghany County Writers Conference

April 11-13, 2019

The Alleghany Writers, a nonprofit organization in Alleghany County, NC, will hold its Working Writers Business Conference, this Spring. This inaugural conference will go beyond “writing the story.” It will take writers to that next step… to publication and success.

The conference schedule includes a Thursday evening welcome session and two full days of speakers — focused on the marketing and business side of the publishing industry, with breakfast/lunch (provided) networking opportunities for attendees and speakers. Writers from across the state are welcome to register.

The conference will be held in in Sparta, NC.

Details and registration will soon be available at

(See news article here.)


Just Write. 2019: The Al Perry Memorial Workshop

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 1-5pm

This program by the Winston-Salem Writers includes exploration of the Rural Hall Historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum, and time to think and create. There will also be time allotted for writers who wish to read briefly. Program leaders are Jennifer Bean Bower and Dale R. Pfeiffer — writers of historical non-fiction and fiction. The workshop is free for members, $10 for non-members.

Held at the Rural Hall Historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum, 8170 Depot Street, Rural Hall, NC.

Reserve a spot by email to  Visit this writers group online at


Sources: Cindy Brookshire, Wayne Quigley

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